Homeowners should always ensure that they hire a qualified electrician who has passed the necessary electrical courses, according to the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA).
David Pollock, ECA Group chief executive officer, has advised people to follow a list of guidelines before employing an electrician to undertake electrical work in their homes.
Homeowners should not pick the first contractor they see advertised. They should investigate at least two companies to compare costs and services instead.
It is crucial to check that electricians have professional memberships as work carried out by a trade association member, who has completed recognised electrical courses, may be guaranteed, which gives a homeowner added security.
Homeowners should always meet the person who will be working on their property in person before they hire them to ensure the contractor they hire is insured for any damage, death or personal injury.
It is important to ask for references as a quality contractor will be more than happy to give examples of other work they have done in the area and let people speak to previous customers.
All homeowners should be aware that electricians who carry out domestic installation work should have completed Part P courses in order that they understand the appropriate building regulations.
People who have passed electrical courses may want to brush up on their Ps and Qs as a nationwide survey has revealed that good manners are top of the list for householders picking a tradesman.
The ECA found that 78 per cent of homeowners said that after a good price and strong reputation, a polite tradesman would get their vote. Furthermore, 56 per cent valued clean clothes, 28 per cent appreciated a smart van and 26 per cent prized a smart uniform.
David Pollock said: “While it may be tempting to choose a local electrician because of a neat and tidy appearance and a polite personality, that doesn’t necessarily mean they will do a good job. There’s no substitute for hiring someone with experience who comes recommended.
“My advice is to ask friends and neighbours to recommend tradesmen they have used before and then get a range of quotes. Basically don’t just jump at the first quote you get. A busy tradesman is usually busy for a reason and it may be worth waiting.”